Sanmar Shipyards, Istanbul, Turkey, recently delivered its first battery electric tug built to ABS class for Canada-based HaiSea Marine, a joint venture between the Haisla First Nation and Seaspan ULC.

The Haisea Wamis harbor tug, the first in Sanmar's ElectRA 2800SX series, will be part of a fleet of harbor and escort tugs providing services to LNG Canada’s future terminal in British Columbia. The tug is equipped with two steerable, fixed pitch (FP), azimuthing, L-drive propulsion units powered by electric motors integrated on top of each unit. The tug’s fully electric propulsion system (5,288 kW) is supported by its battery energy storage system from Corvus Orca Energy.

“ABS is a leader in the marine industry for supporting and enabling the electrification of assets,” Vassilios Kroustallis, ABS senior vice president, global business development, said in a statement. “Hybrid electric power systems offer the opportunity to improve safety, reliability, operational efficiency, and reduce the fuel consumption, environmental footprint, and equipment maintenance when compared to traditional electrical power systems,” 

“We were pleased to work with all of our partners to deliver this state-of-the-art, fully electric harbor tug. We appreciate the critical role ABS played, providing class services and supporting safety throughout the design and construction,” said Sanmar’s Hakan Tunc, engineering director.